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The Day of the Lie (Father Anselm Novels)

by William Brodrick

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"A literary thriller" is the description attached to this book by one of its reviewers. Like some other readers I struggled to get fully involved in this book, partly because of the style of Brodrick's complex prose, and partly because of the plot's complexity. This is a "who-done-it" but not in the traditional sense; it is a slow delayering of an onion, each layer bring removed adds another level of complexity. From the title you can correctly deduce that it is really about the nature of truth, but also about justice and retribution. This is well worth persisting with; rewards await the patient. (By the way this is really a 7.1 out of them book; 4/5 is too generous but 3/5 a bit mean) ( )
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"Father Anselm, the brilliant Benedictine, receives a visit from an old friend with a dangerous story to tell - the story of a woman betrayed by time, fate, and someone close to her - someone still unknown. As a young woman, Roza Mojeska was part of an underground resistance group in Communist Poland. But after her arrest, a Stasi officer makes her a devil's bargain - and in the dark of a government prison, a terrible choice is made. Now, fifty years later, Anselm is called upon to investigate both Roza's story and a mystery dating back to the early 1980s, in the icy grip of the Cold War. And as he peels back years of history, decades of secrets, a half-century of lies, he exposes a truth that an entire generation was killed to keep hidden." --Publisher description.… (more)

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